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In Joomla 2.5 they upgraded the core SEO.

That got me to thinking, do I still need to use third party extensions for my SEO? If yes, why? What is it that 3rd party extensions provide that Joomla 2.5's built-in SEO doesn't?

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The biggest reason why using an SEO component in all versions of Joomla even 3+ is that Joomla has a habit of creating multiple urls for one page/post meaning that Google finds these as duplicates.

There are just so many reasons why using a SEO extensions for Joomla is better than using the core but here's a few:

  • Better REL="Canonical" Support
  • Better at handling friendly urls with scanning for duplicate pages
  • Scans Meta/Title for Duplicates
  • Handles redirects a 100x better than core
  • Easier to manage the meta data within one page (see all when viewing all)
  • Easier add Google plus and other social networking attributes to the head.
  • The list goes on and on.

I suggest you check out two of the most popular extensions for Joomla: AceSEF and SH404SEF

I've personally used both and SH404SEF offers the most to be honest but AceSEF has a free version and does the job just fine.

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I second SH404SEF.

More than 100 sites with that, some huge (+20k items), with K2 and other extensions (evem custom ones), and all the issues that we had were easily dealt with.

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@Jonathon Roza Your reply should be a comment not an answer. Thanks for the response though. I've just started using sh404SEF, it seems quite good. –  moomoochoo Apr 15 at 0:24
    
New to stack exchange (as an active, kinda productive, member :-) You'll find some bumps on the road, as no software is 100%, and some things are a lot of work to make it work perfectly, but at least you have the ability to achieve what you need. So, hard to master tool, well worth it. –  Jonathan Roza - Zott Online Ag 18 hours ago
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